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Landed an Interview? Here Are 6 Key Tips to Ace it

Congratulations! After spending endless hours on job post reading, online researching and sending out resumes, you have finally snagged an interview. Half the battle is won as you are one of the chosen few who got the chance to appear for an interview, from hundreds or thousands of applicants. Now the single hardest thing that stands between you and your dream job is the ever- important interview. If you are attending an interview for the first time, then it may seem a little intimidating and stressful. So let us guide you on how to keep those stomach butterflies away and crack the first interview successfully.

  1. Do Your Homework: Do you know enough about the company and position you are after? Before you show up at the interview room, it is essential to understand the employer, requirements of job and background of the person interviewing you. Do a basic research through the online information resources to know the key people, products, services, competitors, mission, vision and values of the potential company. The more you dig deeper, the more you will understand about the employer which in fact helps you in creating a great impression during the interview.

  2. Dress the part: Whether you like it or not, your interview attire speaks for you, before you can speak for yourself. Yes, it is true that dressing alone won’t get you the job, but fashion faux pas at a job interview could jeopardize your chances to get the job. Rugged jeans coupled with funky t-shirts and the iPod ear buds hanging around your neck can be a cool style. But when you are dressing up for an interview, make sure to follow the etiquette. Findings from a study revealed that the interviewer decides whether you are the right fit for the job within the first seconds of meeting. There are lot of error you can make – wearing too much of jewellery, baggy outfits, shining accessories, ripped or dirty clothes, open-toed shoes or sandals. So keep your wardrobe experiments for parties and night outs, as it is always ideal to think more conservative than fashionable when it is about the interview dressing. Play it safe by staying on the conservative side and stick with the basics. Sport a sophisticated and professionally polished look to get off on the right foot.

  3. Be on Time: You might have earned ‘the latecomer’ tag during the school and college days. But before you step into the professional world, let us get one thing straight – punctuality is a must and time is money. When you show up late, it clearly sends a wrong message to your employer that you don’t respect other person’s time. In fact, tardiness can blow your chances at the job right off the bat. Always make it a point to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early for the interview. Allow yourself the time to get settled and acclimate with the dynamics of the office. If you are running late for any reason, ring ahead and inform the organization. Pitfalls happen, but rather than sulking about it, you should be prepared to handle the worst case scenarios efficiently.

  4. Exude Confidence: Well that could be hard, right? Especially if you are facing an interview for the first time. Your palms are sweaty, heart is pounding and the voice is getting shaky as you wait outside the interview room for your turn. Stress, anxiety and fretfulness are completely normal, but you should look confident and make the potential employer feel that you have it all together. Try out the slow and deep breathing technique to achieve a relaxed and clear state of mind. When you are in the hot seat, make sure to keep an eye contact throughout the interview. Avoid nervous fidgeting and rambling. Think positively, gather your strength and walk into the interview room with a burst of self-assurance and poise.

  5. Ask thought-provoking questions: Interviews are two-way street. Not just the employer, but the interviewee can also ask questions. Both the interviewer and interviewee have to walk away convinced that the job would be a right fit. So when the tables are turned and it is your chance to ask questions, make the best out of it. Being inquisitive and asking insightful questions during the interview demonstrates your confidence and advances your candidacy. Keep in mind to display a positive attitude and adopt an impressive tone.

  6. Thank You Notes: When you get home after the interview, write and send a personalised thank you note to interviewer(s). No matter whether you aced the interview or messed it up, make sure to send a well-crafted and timely thank-you note to show your professional courtesy. The reality is mot recruiters don’t care about the thank-you notes. But it doesn’t hurt to send a note, right? What could be the worst case – your thank you will be ignored. Now, think about the best case, you solidify the interviewer’s positive impressions. So, roll up your sleeves using these tips to calm your nerves and ace the job interview. Get going, All the best!